Debt collection activity has been on the rise in recent months, as mounting economic uncertainty in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse have left many consumers with high debt and low confidence in spending.
Consequently, a number of debt collection agencies have been charged with leveraging unfair or unethical practices to accrue payments. A number of groups have been closed or fined, while other court judges have even declared some debts absolved as a result. The latest incident involves a Pennsylvania debt collection firm that has been sued for harassing and using vulgar language against a Texas woman. Debora Bright has since filed suit against Law Offices of Thomas Landis in the Eastern District of Texas, according to the Southeast Texas Record. "The defendant is accused of providing names of different collection companies when placing calls to Bright," reports Michelle Keahey for the source. "These names include Oxford Law Group and Seiler and Associates. The collection companies threatened to file a lawsuit and called Bright vulgar names, the suit alleges." While debt collectors themselves have had trouble gathering payments in recent months, it's important that they remain professional when carrying out their duties.